Gayatri had never been to school before. She stays in a rented house with her husband and two children at Kishangarh, an urban village in New Delhi. She has completed the 1st and 2nd level in Cooking course and is currently pursuing Cutting & Tailoring course under TECOS from Kamalini Kishangarh centre. To overcome her illiteracy, she also studied till the level of 5th standard from Kamalini. Her husband is a driver and her children are in 10th and 5th std. She stitches clothes at home to support her family with little additional income to be sufficient for a livelihood. Her husband and the family are supportive towards her efforts. She is keen to work and earn some money for a better future of her children.
Krishna is a B.A. first year student from Open University, stays with her parents and siblings, on rent in Kishangarh. She has completed the basic Cutting & Tailoring course from Kamalini Kishangarh centre and presently works in a boutique in the proximity, as a salesperson. Her father has a small laundry shed to iron clothes and her mother helps him in the same. Krishna earns little from working in the boutique, but that still helps as her own expense and lessens the financial burden of her parents. She aspires to do something of her own in future after she completes her studies and attains some skills in any field of her interest.
Pooja is a B.A. final year student from an Open University and has completed the 1st and 2nd level Cooking course under TECOS, from Kamalini Kishangarh centre. Her father is a mason and mother is housewife. She has three siblings who are younger than her and are currently studying. Pooja is a teacher at Manas Public School in Kishangarh and teaches all subject to small kids. Her family faces financial problems, especially because of rent, which she strives to overcome by earning little to bear with her own expenses. She aspires to study further related to cooking and pursue a decent job in a similar field. She manages to teach at school, give home tuitions to kids as well as take out time for her own studies at the same time.
Sunita lives at her father's house in Kishangarh with her husband and child. She is a graduate from Uttar Pradesh and is currently pursuing Cutting & Tailoring course under TECOS from Kamalini. She has earlier completed the 1st and 2nd level Cooking course under TECOS from Kamalini centre. Due to high rent and low income, she sought immense help from her father who allowed her with family to stay at his house. Her husband is a salesman in Haldirams, earning about Rs. 7000 per month and her child is in 4th std. Though she knew stitching since past few years, after joining Kamalini C&T course, she became a perfect tailor. She stitches clothes at home, but does not get enough customers. Even people fail to pay her on time, but still she stitches at minimal rates and earns about Rs. 3000 per month. From her income, she supports her family's expenses and she further looks forward to decent job opportunity in tailoring for a better upbringing of her son.
Sujata, a former housewife, came across Kamalini through references from her neighbors and today is a proud working woman with highly gained skills and confidence. She joined the Cutting & Tailoring, Basic Cooking and Dress Designing courses at Kamalini that is helping her earn additional towards livelihood.
Kanta, (another beneficiary) came to know about Kamalini and its courses through the promotional materials and further recommends the place to many others among her acquaintances. She joined the Cooking and Basic Sewing Operator course, which helped her gain confidence to work and expose her skills in various ways.
"Earlier, I was recognized as a wife of someone or a daughter of my father; but today, I have my own identity, people know me as Kanta! I can now stitch clothes and earn extra income. My husband and the entire society give a respectable eye on me as a working woman. With Kamalini's support, my cooking has improved and my stitching has a clear finish. My mindset has improved and I am able to make a better life for my family and to the upbringing of my son."
They are currently placed at a chocolate boutique, Chockriti, in Kishangarh and are pursuing their courses at Kamalini at the same time.
Asmabano, fondly known as Soni, lives in a small room with her parents and 4 siblings, and the family is on its way coming out of its hand to mouth existence. To make ends meet, she enrolled herself for the Cutting & Tailoring course at Kamalini, as a result of which, today Soni works as a salesgirl cum helper in a boutique in Shahpur Jat. She earns Rs 4000 per month and helps support her family by paying the rent and the electricity bills.
"Kamalini has helped me achieve several benefits associated with social exposure and improvement in the economic scenario of my family. The easy and comfortable relationship that we enjoy with the teachers and the homely atmosphere at the centre makes Kamalini just like another home for me. I truly enjoy the way we celebrate all the festivals and functions in way that each one of us feels involved."
Besides working, Soni is also appearing for her X Grade Exams from open school and plans to study further. Being the eldest amongst all her siblings she realizes that she has considerable responsibilities and aspires to do justice to them.
She is one of the most brilliant students of Kamalini who became a Computer Teacher in a nearby Academy. Coming from a humble background, Santosh is a multitalented girl with many dreams and aspirations. She resides in Shahpur Jat and is the oldest child in a family of 5 members. She joined Kamalini in 2009 and started with the Cutting and Tailoring Course followed by the Basic IT Course Course.
She had a very low self esteem, felt helpless and insecure owing to her negligible levels of education. Sangeeta lives in Shahpur Jat with her husband and 2 sons. Her husband is an electrician who earns about Rs 8000 per month that isn't sufficient earning for a sole breadwinner of a joint family.
In 2011, she joined Kamalini for the Cutting & Tailoring course, wherein she was taught right from the basics of how to take measurements, inch by inch. Soon after completing her course, she was placed at a gifting boutique in Sarvopriya Vihar, where she uses her embroidery skills in gift decorating and gift wrapping that she learnt at Kamalini.
Rita is a housewife living in Kishangarh who had never been to school. Her husband works as a driver and their family income is around Rs.5000/month. She always felt the need to study and Kamalini has become her means to education.
"Now, I have taken admission in third standard in National Institute of Open Schooling and plan to do my fifth standard exam as soon as I clear my third standard. After learning Hindi I can proceed with my further studies in Cutting and Tailoring and Dress Designing".
An immigrant from Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, Shelkumari settled in Delhi about 14 years back after her marriage. Her husband is a school bus conductor and their 12 year daughter studies in VII standard at school. Suffering disproportionately due to lack of awareness amongst family in the rural areas, Shelkumari could pursue her education only till VIII grade. In 2011, she enrolled herself in Kamalini, learnt Cutting & Tailoring followed by the Cooking course.
Born and brought up in the rural area of West Bengal, Shranvanti did not get an opportunity to even complete her primary education. She came to Delhi about 10 years back and used to work as a house help. She joined Kamalini in 2011 and took up the Cutting & Tailoring and the Cooking Courses, besides Basic Education classes. She is now married and lives in Kishangarh with her husband and her 5 year old son. Her husband works in a private company and earns Rs7000 per month.
"The Cutting & Tailoring course has helped me earn ad hoc income to support my child. I stitch my own clothes and sometimes I get orders to stitch clothes for others. Apart from this, I also go to houses as a cook and help my husband with the financial needs of our family."
Thousands of rural women will gain skills for sustainability in the new
campus coming up on the Sohna Road, Haryana..